I've rarely been so disappointed in how a book has turned out. What a waste of money! How I wish I had simply borrowed these books from the library, rather than actually paying for them. It's a shame that Karen Kingsbury let real life intrudeand turned this into a cheap and very poor remake of Dayne and Katy. Seems that Karen chose to deviate from her usual pattern and turn this into Kelsey's story, rather than Bailey's. The ending for Cody was a total cop-out and did a real disservice to him. It's clear how little Karen cared about him in the end, to write the story as she did. I couldn't even stomach the last few chapters and my first instinct was to grab the books and toss them into a campfire so I could at least get some pleasure out of them. I'm going to be VERY careful investing in future Karen Kingsbury books. I'll be checking them out of the library, first, if I ever feel the desire to read them again.
Looks like Karen has lost her focus of life-changing fiction, because this series was anything BUT. I think it's time for me to move on to new authors and leave Karen behind. I just don't have a desire to return to her books and the way the Bailey series ended has tainted rereading any of the Baxter books in which the Flannigans make an appearance.